J. G. A. , Visions of Politics, 3 vols.: Regarding Method, Renaissance Virtues, Hobbes and Civic Science (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), 1,088 pp. It is no light taskâI deliberately open in mandarin Englishâto discuss the work of a professional historian such as in a journal such as . The historians I mean inhabit the academy without serious discomfort and are professionalized as an association of practitioners of various highly specialized disciplines of inquiry. These do not much overlap, and the secondorder conversation generated within each is concerned with what its practitioners already know to be going on among them. They have chosen, and to that extent formalized, their subject matter, and though their methods of inquiry may be vehemently debated and rapidly changing, there remains an in-house expectation that they will continue in succession to their former state. Such professionals, in short, believe that they can challenge themselves without unpacking all their presuppositions: notably, the presupposition of scholarly disinterest. , on the other hand, seems directed at, and even sometimes written by, intellectuals outside of, or uncomfortable in, the academy âwriters who mistrust the idea of academic ï¬elds and question not just the possibility but the desirability
Common Knowledge – Duke University Press
Published: Oct 1, 2004
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